The power of colour compels you!

Browsing through my latest edition of classic rock magazine I came across a review for the new John 5 album, This guy is a genius and has had to play under lesser gifted individuals his entire career- here he has his new solo album and although I am not a massive fan, there is no mistaking his guitar skills are of ridicules proportions- the man shreds like a beast! It’s the cover artwork that interests me, the bold use of colour and the way it complement’s itself! it’s almost popart with a sinister twist- the image of himself in typical John 5 attire is the opposite to the colours shown and the use of the font here brings a simplistic, eye catching design to life, Awesome!

The Neil Zlozower book cover is also a guitar wielding portrait, Mick Mars from Motley Crue to be precise (shout at the devil tour 1984, to be even more precise) but the colours here, again simple and bold are perfect. I’ve always had a thing for pink over black and white anyway but this is great when tied together with the stencil style font and welcoming title- you gotta love a bit of anarchy right!


About High Velocity Trifle

My friends call me Sammy Lee but I was born Lee Tomlinson, I play drums in loads of bands and have done since I was 12, music is an obsession of mine, I try to balance it with my other love which is design; digital / hand drawn illustration / photography / video... I love to be creative and get excited when I see other peoples clever use of imagery, whether it be a piece of graffiti, a billboard, a magazine advertisement, brand logo design, an original/against the grain adornment of style, not to mention a well executed shamrock in the head of a pint of Guinness... What? Music and design share many similarities and as a working musician and design degree student I intend on creating work that depicts this as I try to establish myself as a graphic designer. I studied graphic design at ND level after leaving school and since then I have concentrated my efforts on playing music- this has been frustrating to say the least but also given me some incredible moments to cherish- I have some road stories and varied success with a few artists. The music industry leaves you with a very sour, synthetic taste after a while... Kinda like Sambuca but less flammable, but I was fortunate to record in many of London's legendary studio's and play in some great venues. After nearly ten years of sacrificing a decent wage (and occupation) playing music full time, I now want to focus more on my design work and put more of my artistic energy into this area/platform from which to be creative. There will always be critics and confidence breakers in every creative field but at least with creative design you don't have to deal with LSD (lead singer disease) ego platforms, dodgy promoters, touring up and down the country with hairy smelly wannabe rock stars and lugging instruments too and fro setting up only to find out the total attendance at that particular gig is the bar staff and the support band... I don't agree with that in the workplace!
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